Prime Minister, Gaston Browne called Education Minister, Michael Browne’s concerns over the government’s deal with Global Ports nonsense.
The Education Minister wrote a letter to Cabinet some time ago outlining his concerns.
The document was reportedly rejected, and the Minister was asked to give a verbal presentation of his concerns to his colleagues.
“When he was actually presenting the paper verbally, we were able to point out, certainly I was chairing the meeting, I said to him that he wasn’t making any sense in the sense that you can’t just look at how much monies, how much revenue Global Ports would be generating and not look at the other hand, the expenses associated with the generation of those sales”, Prime Minster Browne told state media.
“We allow opinions, diverse opinions to thrive within the Cabinet so I hold no ill will towards him but at the same time I have an obligation to speak to the fact that his document was extremely flawed”, he added.
“His document suggested that, you know, we were moving away from our core philosophy of empowering the people and we’re selling out. Utter nonsense! First of all, we never sold anything, the port facilities remain in the ownership of the Government and People of Antigua & Barbuda”, the Prime Minister explained.
“Another area that he spoke about, for example, as I recall, it was an issue of a reverse mortgage. In fact, the analogy was just so inappropriate”, he asserted.
“The reality is, the Minister, I mean he is a smart young man, he is a trained mind, obviously and intellectual, but I have to tell you insofar as finance is concerned, he’s an intellectual novice”, Prime Minister Browne concluded.